- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico has recorded its first flu-related deaths of the season.

The state Department of Health says it has identified five flu-related deaths in four counties so far in the 2014-2015 flu season.

The deaths involved a 29-year-old man from Curry County, a 79-year-old woman from Sandoval County, a 92-year-old woman from Los Alamos County and 81-year-old and 86-year-old women from Bernalillo County.

The department also reports an increase in flu activity statewide and says it’s not too late to get vaccinated.

Health Secretary Retta Ward says the department recommends vaccinations for everyone 6 months old and older.

During the 2013-2014 flu season, the department identified 242 pneumonia- and influenza-related deaths, including one child.

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